Our work in Pakistan

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Our work in Pakistan

Concern Worldwide has been working in Pakistan since 2001. Our work currently focuses on benefiting the extreme poor through programming in livelihoods, health and nutrition. We also continue to implement humanitarian assistance programmes for the populations affected by disasters and strengthening community preparedness and resilience to future disasters.

Pakistan’s diverse geology, topography, changing weather, and complex geopolitical position underlie its vulnerability to natural disasters and complex emergencies. Pakistan has witnessed the devastating effects of climate change with floods resulting in the displacement of millions of people, and severe droughts in Sindh and Balochistan provinces resulting in food security and nutrition crisis. At the same time, Pakistan has faced over eight years of conflict in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province resulting in conflict-induced dislocation of five million people in some cases multiple times and for more than seven years with regular periodic returns.

Responding to emergencies and building resilience to future disasters

Through the OFDA-funded RAPID Fund Programme, Concern provides grants to national and international NGOs who are responding to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected populations in Pakistan. This programme supports humanitarian responses across the country in a range of sectors, and it also supports national NGOs and disaster management authorities (DMAs) to enhance their disaster management capabilities and nurture national capacities in Pakistan.

Concern also works with communities to build their preparedness and resilence to future disasters. In 2017 we did this through our USAID/OFDA funded Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) programme and through our DFID funded Building Disaster Resilience Programme (BDRP).

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Health and nutrition

Sami from Satla Bheel village with her son. Photo: Block box sounds for Concern Worldwide

Nutrition is major component of our programming in Pakistan, especially in the province of Sindh where we have successfully implemented nutrition projects in drought affected areas in collaboration with provincial government and Alliance2015 members.

An integrated multi-sectoral project was developed to support nutrition at risk communities in response to the continued drought emergency in Sindh Province. This project was designed in conjunction with our Alliance2015 partner Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and is funded by ECHO. The principal project goal was to improve the resilience of the drought affected population in Sindh Province.

Concern is also piloting the Community Management of Accute Malnutrition (CMAM) surge approach in Sindh provence, in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP). This project aims to strengthen the capacity of government health systems to better predict, plan for, and respond to periodic surges in caseloads of severe acute malnutrition. 

Livelihoods

We're supporting poor communities in the disaster prone areas of Rajanpur district by building their resilience and developing their livelihood capacities through our DFID funded Building Disaster Resilience programme. While the programme is mainly focused on livelihoods, it also integrates components such as Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), shelter and gender equality. 

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